By Brooke VanCleave St. Joseph News-Press |0 comments
Julie Casey is a woman of many talents.
The Union Star, Mo., resident is a former teacher, a wife, a home schooling mother, a historical re-enactor, a wildlife rehabilitator, a herpetological society officer and manager of numerous websites. About three years ago, she added published author to the list.
“I’d been thinking about all these ideas for years and years and years, and I thought, ‘Well, I might as well get them down on paper,’ and so I made them into a book,” Ms. Casey says of her decision to start writing.
Her first book, “Stop Beating the Dead Horse,” is a nonfiction exploration of problems within the public school system and how they could be resolved. Her second is a short humorous novella called “In Daddy’s Hands.” Both of these books were self-published through a free online publishing service.
Ms. Casey’s third book will be published in April. Titled “How I Became a Teenage Survivalist,” it follows the story of a rural Missouri teenager and his family as they cope with the effects of a solar superstorm that has knocked out the world’s power grids. However, she assures readers that this post-apocalyptic tale is different from others in the science fiction genre.